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2013: Record Year for Offshore Wind

October 30th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Offshore wind power installations are on track to hit a seventh consecutive annual record in 2013. Developers added 1,080 megawatts of generating capacity in the first half of the year, expanding the world total by 20 percent in just six months. Fifteen countries host some 6,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity. Before the year is out, the world total should exceed 7,100 megawatts. Although still small compared with the roughly 300,000 megawatts of land-based wind power, offshore capacity is growing at close to 40 percent a year


Anaerobic Digestion: a Clean Energy Solution for Your Business [Infographic]

October 9th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Anaerobic digestion - extracting methane from organic wastes - doesn't get the love of, say, solar and wind: it's not nearly as sexy, and definitely more smelly. But it's also a renewable energy technology with plenty of available feedstock: all of that food waste we discuss regularly could go towards the creation of biogas


U.S. Carbon Dioxide Emissions Down 11 Percent Since 2007

October 2nd, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels in the United States peaked at more than 1.6 billion tons of carbon in 2007. Since then they have fallen 11 percent, dropping to over 1.4 billion tons in 2013, according to estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Emissions shrank rapidly during the recession, then bounced back slightly as the economy recovered. But shifting market conditions, pollution regulations, and changing behaviors are also behind the decline


U.S. Nuclear Power in Decline

September 10th, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

Nuclear power generation in the United States is falling. After increasing rapidly since the 1970s, electricity generation at U.S. nuclear plants began to grow more slowly in the early 2000s. It then plateaued between 2007 and 2010—before falling more than 4 percent over the last two years. Projections for 2013 show a further 1 percent drop. With reactors retiring early and proposed projects being abandoned, U.S. nuclear power’s days are numbered


World Solar Power Topped 100,000 Megawatts in 2012

August 1st, 2013 | by Earth Policy Institute

The world installed 31,100 megawatts of solar photovoltaics (PV) in 2012—an all-time annual high that pushed global PV capacity above 100,000 megawatts. There is now enough PV operating to meet the household electricity needs of nearly 70 million people at the European level of use.


Five Ways to Keep Cool this Summer (and Keep the Energy Bill in Check)

July 30th, 2013 | by Guest Author

Despite news of melting ice caps and dying polar bears, the first instinct for most people in the hot summer months is to crank up the air conditioning. While reducing carbon footprints may seem like an impossibly grand task, there are ridiculously easy ways to save on home energy consumption, as well as your monthly bill. Here are five ways to save energy this summer


Thirteen Elements of a Dream Green Home [Infographic]

May 7th, 2013 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

Got a dream green home you'd love to build? Sure, you'll probably want to include solar panels in the building... but that's just one element. Green building involves making the most efficient use of the materials that go into the building, and creating a space that allows for sustainable use of resources needed to live in that home



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